Music as Spirituality

Music has always been a major spiritual resource for me. I learned piano, I taught myself guitar, I sang with my sister at family gatherings, and once with my aunt in a pub in Ireland, and I have always been in a choir, that is until covid. I loved all the different kinds of music, from Latin mass in grammar school, Irish and English folk songs in the 60’s and 70’s, to contemporary Christian songs as a high school music minister in the 80’s and 90’s. And then after leaving teaching I returned to church choirs and even the Symphony Chorus.

I miss it. Terribly.

My therapist suggested that when people who are used to being musical stop participating they may experience depression as a result. Great! Yet another reason to be depressed. But the good news I/you have control over this one. I have three suggestions – all of which I have tried and continue to use.

ONE – On-line singing groups.

They are not completely satisfying as you are muted so you don’t get the experience of a choir. But I have learned some great short songs/singing meditations and harmonies.

How to find a group? Go to the eventbrite.com website and do a search for your interests, music, singalongs, Tai-chi, all kinds of stuff out there in the Zoomiverse, not just singing. Be sure to convert the time to CST as some events are in other countries.

Here are a couple I have tried.

TWO – Car Karaoke

I find plain old car-karaoke is a great way to blow off steam and lift your spirits. Find a radio station with your kind of music, or an Amazon station. (Does Amazon have stations? I just have AM/FM radio in my car. I know –old!!) If you’re driving on the I-10 roll down your windows. It’s gorgeous outside right now, just remember to lower the volume when you exit, 🤣 .

THREE – Musicals and Movie Soundtracks

No, not Les Mis – beautiful, but so sad. I’m thinking something more uplifting along the lines of Pitch Perfect, or the cartoon movie, Sing.

Pitch Perfect is a “Major League,” or “A League of Their Own,” type of storyline – a group of rejects or misfits come together and succeed against the odds, in this case the context is not baseball but a college a-capella singing competition.

Sing is a cartoon movie which also has a great sound track! It’s also about a singing competition and is just such a lot of fun.

Above is a scene from the movie, Sing.

Then there is my all time favorite movie soundtrack, The Big Chill. As I’ve already admitted, I am old. But the The Big Chill isn’t old so much as classic. I mean, Motown! You may not realize you know these songs until you hear them and find yourself joining in. And singing is sooo much cheaper than therapy!

Just DO IT. SING!!

Published by Mona

I am a wife, mother, and author. I taught high school for 27 years and I was a hospital and hospice chaplain until my health required that I retire. I miss my hospital coworkers and cannot imagine how terrible this year and last year have been. I want to be there for them in at least this small way.

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